Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Meet Lynn Dove Part Two

Welcome back readers. Meet Lynn Dove. Lynn joined us for the first part of her interview yesterday. (Click here to read the first part). Let's catch up with Lynn where we left off.

What advice would you give to young writers who are thinking about becoming published authors?
I have been asked often to give advice to young writers and truly the best advice I could give is this:

Write!

I believe everyone has a story inside of them. As a teacher, I encourage my students to write poetry, journal, write short stories and novellas. The more one writes, the more you improve and polish your craft. Write about things that appeal to you, write from the heart and write from experience. Much of my writing is based on my personal experiences and I believe God allows us to go through these experiences for a reason. Writing allows us the opportunity to share our life lessons with others. If God has called you to write…just WRITE!

I actually wrote Shoot the Wounded well over ten years ago. It started out as a short story and after I had written one hundred pages I knew I couldn’t consider it a “short” story any longer. Then the manuscript literally (hahaha) took up space on the hard drive of my computer for ten years. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and battled the disease for two years. My family and I experienced God profoundly through that time and certainly to many I am considered a “survivor” today but I hope I have done much more than survive, I hope I have “thrived”!

I wanted to share part of that experience with my readers, so in Heal the Wounded, the main character’s mom is going through breast cancer and I write about how a family copes with that in the book.

The next piece of advice to young writers is:

Read!

I don’t think it is possible to be a writer if you don’t like to read. I read all genres and because I write primarily for young adults and teens I try to read all the books that they may be interested in.

Do you have any publishing and/or marketing advice for new writers?

I am still a “rookie” for all intents and purposes when it comes to publishing and marketing a book. For me, I find that writing a book is a relatively simple thing, but marketing a book can be extremely challenging, time-consuming, occasionally frustrating and discouraging. I have learned over this year to network with other authors, especially Christian authors who have experience with publishing, and those like me who are new to it. Some online social networking sites have given me the opportunity to meet some wonderful writers and authors who have been more than willing to share their expertise, their successes and failures with me. I have learned that book signings can be fun, only if you go into them with the attitude that you might not sell one book, but you’ll meet lots of interesting people.

One thing I would tell new authors is to not feel shy about purposefully promoting yourself in the marketplace. I think that was one of the hardest things for me to do initially. As Christians, we value a humble attitude, but as authors the louder and bolder we are in promoting ourselves to our readers the more books they will buy and read. Some self-published or POD (print on demand) authors are quite content to write for a select audience, family and friends, but for those of us who want to reach a larger, more world-wide audience, we need to be prepared to create a “buzz” about the book. The only way to do that is to get people talking about it. Word of mouth is huge!

That said, I think it is also important to ask yourself the questions ahead of time about what your personal goals are with publishing a book. I applaud my publisher, Word Alive Press for asking some pointed questions up front in their publishing questionnaire. One question in particular prompted me to prayerfully consider my personal goals: “What is the one thing, (the most important thing) you would like to accomplish with your manuscript (book)?” I remember I wrote, “My hope is that teenagers and young adults who read this book will be touched by the message in the story and ultimately that this book and any others I write will bring Glory to God.”

To celebrate the launch of Heal the Wounded, Lynn will be hosting a contest on January 25th on her blog, Journey Thoughts at http://lynndove.wordpress.com/ Just click on the picture for details!



You can purchase Heal the Wounded from Amazon.

Now the fun begins. Lynn has been kind enough to offer a free copy of Heal the Wounded. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

10 comments:

Mel said...

Oh I can't wait to enter the contest! Thank you for the advice. What marketplaces do we go to in order to market? I just published my first ebook today (still biting my nails over it) but it's been on my heart for over 10 years and certain aspects of life had to completely come together before I could genuinely offer it. I want to see women heal and to glorify God in the healing of my very tender and broken heart! I appreciate the advice so much! It's hard to feel humble, when you are trying to promote yourself. I don't even know where else to go to promote the ebook.

Blessings,
Mel
Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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love to win a copy of this book thanks

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Marianne said...

i would love to win this book. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

L. Dove said...

Shellie, thank you so much for having me on your blog and helping me with promoting my book launch of Heal the Wounded! As of right now my book is currently on two best seller's lists on Amazon.com PTL! Thank you to you and your readers!!

Shellie said...

My pleasure Lynn. So glad you took on such a difficult topic with deft and grace. To all who've entered over the last two days. Good luck. There's still time so keep those comments coming. . .(And remember, Lynn's book "Healing the Wounded" launches today! If you have the chance, pick up a copy.)

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a really good read!
Sunny

lgm52 said...

Definitley on my TBR list!
lgm52@hotmail.com

Meredith said...

I'd love to read this book. My husband just went through rectal cancer and it affected everyone in our family!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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